New Arrivals · Poetry

July 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


June 30, 2015
Barot, Rick, 1969-
Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, [2015]
ix, 67 pages ; 23 cm.
"That art should once have been marked with this delicacy: always only one of each thing made, so that your poem has its one life on the sheet you have chosen for it, or the snapshot of the birthday party, everything in the room upended by the children's jubilation, survives only in the single defended piece of glass.Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of The Darker Fall and Want and teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College"-- Provided by publisher.

Count the waves : poems

June 30, 2015
Beasley, Sandra.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
96 pages ; 22 cm

Scattered at sea

June 30, 2015
Gerstler, Amy, author.
77 pages ; 23 cm.
"A dazzling new collection from an award-winning poet Amy Gerstler has won acclaim for sly, sophisticated, and subversive poems that find meaning in unexpected places. The title of her new collection, Scattered at Sea, evokes notions of dispersion, diaspora, sowing one's wild oats, having one's mind expanded or blown, losing one's wits, and mortality. Making use of dramatic monologue, elegy, humor, and collage, these poems explore hedonism, gender, ancestry, reincarnation, bereavement, and the nature of prayer. Groping for an inclusive, imaginative, postmodern spirituality, they draw from an array of sources, including the philosophy of the ancient Stoics, diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's disease, 1950s recipes, the Babylonian Talmud, and Walter Benjamin's writing on his drug experiences"-- Provided by publisher.

The weary blues

June 26, 2015
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
91 pages ; 20 cm
"Reprint of Langston Hughes' book of poems The Weary Blues with a new introduction by the poet Kevin Young"-- Provided by publisher.
Foreward / Kevin Young -- Introducing Langston Hughes to the Reader / Carl Van Vechten -- Pt. I. The Weary Blues -- The Weary Blues -- Jazzonia -- Negro Dancers -- The Cat and the Saxophone -- Young Singer -- Cabaret -- The Midnight Nan at Leroy's -- To A little Lover-Lass, dead -- Harlem Night Club -- Nude Young Dancer -- Young Prostitute -- To a Black Dancer -- Song for a Banjo Dance -- Blues Fantasy -- Lenox Avenue: Midnight -- Pt. II. Dream Variations -- Dream Variation -- Winter Moon -- Poeme d'Automne -- Fantasy in Purple -- March Moon -- Joy -- Pt. III. The Negro Speaks of Rivers -- The Negro Speaks of Rivers -- Cross -- The Jester -- The South -- As I Grew Older -- Aunt Sue's Stories -- Poem -- Pt. IV. Black Pierrot -- A Black Pierrot -- Harlem Night Song -- Songs to the Dark Wirgin -- Ardella -- Poem-To the Black Beloved -- When Sue Wears Red -- Pierrot -- Pt. V. Water-Front Streets -- Water-Front Streets -- A farewell -- Long Trip -- Port Town -- sea Calm -- Caribbean Sunset -- Young Sailor -- Seascape -- Natcha -- Sea Charm -- Death of an Old Seaman -- Pt. VI. Shadows in the Sun -- Beggar Boy -- Troubled Woman -- Suicide's Note -- Sick Room -- Soledad -- To the Dark Mercedes -- Mexican Market Woman -- After Many Springs -- Young Bride -- The dream Keeper -- Poem (To F. S.) -- Pt. VII. Our Land --Our Land -- Lament for Dark Peoples -- Afraid -- Poem-For the Portrait of an African Boy -- Summer Night -- Disillusion -- Danse Africaine -- The White Ones -- Mother to Son -- Poem -- Epilogue --
"Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening "Proem" (prologue poem)--"I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black like the depths of my Africa"--Hughes spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans at a time when their voices were newly being heard in our literature. As the legendary Carl Van Vechten wrote in a brief introduction to the original 1926 edition, "His cabaret songs throb with the true jazz rhythm; his sea-pieces ache with a calm, melancholy lyricism; he cries bitterly from the heart of his race. Always, however, his stanzas are subjective, personal," and, he concludes, they are the expression of "an essentially sensitive and subtly illusive nature." That illusive nature darts among these early lines and begins to reveal itself, with precocious confidence and clarity. In a new introduction to the work, the poet and editor Kevin Young suggests that Hughes from this very first moment is "celebrating, critiquing, and completing the American dream," and that he manages to take Walt Whitman's American "I" and write himself into it. We find here not only such classics as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and the great twentieth-century anthem that begins "I, too, sing America," but also the poet's shorter lyrics and fancies, which dream just as deeply. "Bring me all of your / Heart melodies," the young Hughes offers, "That I may wrap them / In a blue cloud-cloth / Away from the too-rough fingers / Of the world.""-- Provided by publisher.

Null set : poems

June 25, 2015
Mathys, Ted, 1979-
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2015.
77 pages ; 23 cm


June 18, 2015
Phillips, Rowan Ricardo.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
61 pages ; 22 cm
"A spectacularly vibrant and continually surprising collection from one of the poetry world's rising young stars "Who the hell's heaven is this?" Rowan Ricardo Phillips offers many answers, and none at all, in Heaven, the piercing and revelatory encore to his award-winning debut, The Ground. Swerving elegantly from humor to heartbreak, from Colorado to Florida, from Dante's Paradise to Homer's Illiad, from knowledge to ignorance to awe, Phillips turns his gaze upward and outward, probing and upending notions of the beyond. "Feeling, real feeling / with all its faulty / Architecture, is / Beyond a god's touch"--but it does not elude Phillips. Meditating on feverish boyhood, on two paintings by Chuck Close, on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, on a dead rooster by the side of the road in Ohio, on an elk grazing outside his window, his language remains eternally intoxicating, full of play, pathos, and surprise. "The end," he writes, "like / All I've ever told you, is uncertain." Or, elsewhere: "The only way then to know a truth / Is to squint in its direction and poke." Phillips--who received a 2013 Whiting Writers' Award as well as the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award--may not be certain, but as he squints and pokes in the direction of truth, his power of perception and elegance of expression create a place where beauty and truth come together and drift apart like a planet orbiting its star. The result is a book whose lush and wounding beauty will leave its mark on readers long after they've turned the last page"-- Provided by publisher.

My feelings : poems

June 16, 2015
Flynn, Nick, 1960- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2015.
89 pages ; 23 cm

Parallax : and selected poems

June 16, 2015
Morrissey, Sinéad, 1972- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
211 pages ; 22 cm
"A T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection from one of Ireland's major contemporary poets PARALLAX: (Astron.) Apparent displacement, or difference in the apparent position, of an object, caused by actual change (or difference) of position of the point of observation. (OED) In Parallax Sine;ad Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs ("the different people who lived in sepia"), are arrested in time by photography (or poetry), subjected to the authority of a particular perspective. Assured and disquieting, Morrisey's poems explore the paradoxes in what is seen, read, and misread in the surfaces of the presented world"-- Provided by publisher.

The essential Ginsberg

June 15, 2015
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.
New York : Harper Perennial, [2015]
xvi, 423 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction by Michael Schumacher -- I. Poems -- II. Songs -- III. Essays -- IV. Journals -- V. Interviews -- VI. Letters -- VII. Photographs.
"A collection of essential poems, essays, letters, songs, and photographs which aims to introduce new readers to the scope of Allen Ginsberg's work in its prolific and profound diversity"-- Provided by publisher.

The news : poems

June 12, 2015
Brown, Jeffrey, 1956- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2015]
xiv, 95 pages ; 23 cm

Coming into my wisdom

June 12, 2015
Kamins, Kaya, author.
New York ; Bloomington : iUniverse, Inc., [2009]
xiv, 165 pages ; 23 cm

It seems like a mighty long time : poems

June 11, 2015
Jackson, Angela, 1951- author.
Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2015.
xiii, 124 pages ; 22 cm
Angela Jackson?s latest collection of poetry borrows its title from a lyric in Barbara Lewis?s 1963 hit single ?Hello Stranger,? recorded at Chess Records in Chicago. Like the song, Jackson?s poems are a melodic ode to the African American experience, informed by both individual lives and community history, from the arrival of the first African slave in Virginia in 1619 to post-Obama America. It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time reflects the maturity of Jackson?s poetic vision. The Great Migration, the American South, and Chicago all serve as signposts, but it is the complexity of individual lives?both her own and those who have gone before, walk beside, and come after?that invigorate this collection. Upon surveying so vast a landscape, Jackson finds that sorrow meets delight, and joy lifts up anger and despair. And for all this time, love is the agent, the wise and just rule and guide.

On time : poems 2005-2014

June 10, 2015
Kyger, Joanne.
San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2015]
126 pages ; 19 cm

Alone and not alone

June 10, 2015
Padgett, Ron, 1942- author.
89 pages ; 23 cm

Teratology : poems

June 10, 2015
Nevison, Susannah, 1984-
New York : Persea Books, 2015.
53 pages ; 21 cm
"A Karen & Michael Braziller Book."

Observation point : poems : 2011-2015

June 5, 2015
Riordan, Timothy M. (Timothy Michael), 1943-
87 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Cover title.
Streaming in b+w -- Amore -- Mind over matter -- Birdtalk -- Glacier -- Broken -- Man on fire.

Temporary champions

June 2, 2015
Demaree, Darren C.
Charlotte, NC : Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2014.
vi, 73 pages ; 23 cm

Breezeway : new poems

June 2, 2015
Ashbery, John, 1927-
110 pages ; 23 cm

Bluestone : new and selected poems

June 2, 2015
Lasdun, James.
161 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"A generous selection that shows the poet James Lasdun at his lyrically inventive best Two men grapple with jumper cables, trying "to make a stand // in this last corner of our realm; machinery." A man on his way to see his therapist encounters a female police officer in an elevator and feels himself regressing to "the original essence, the masculine / criminal salt." A teenager is tricked into eating a spoonful of lime pickle by his girlfriend's father. An Englishman in the Catskills ponders the nature of exile, is chased by yellow jackets, gets a haircut. James Lasdun's subjects are often quotidian--but his treatment of them never is. Under his transformative gaze, the familiar becomes strange, the local becomes foreign, and the minor becomes epic. Lasdun has been winning acclaim since his first collection, 1988's A Jump Start--Helen Vendler has lauded his ability to give "brisk shape to contemporary and classical events"; The New York Times has praised the "sharp, slicing imagery" of his work. Now, in Bluestone, which selects from all three of his previous collections and includes poems from his fourth, Water Sessions, previously available only in the U.K., readers will be able to appreciate the full sweep of this capacious talent: his delicate wit, his gift for invention, his keen observational eye. It is a gathering that affirms Lasdun's position as, to quote Anthony Hecht, one of "the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English.""-- Provided by publisher.

In a dark wood : what Dante taught me about grief, healing, and the mysteries of love

June 2, 2015
Luzzi, Joseph, author.
xii, 297 pages ; 22 cm.
Prologue -- I: The Underworld -- Chapter 1 An Hour with the Angels -- Chapter 2 Consider Your Seed -- Chapter 3 Love-40 -- II: Mount Purgatory -- Chapter 4 Astrid and Anja -- Chapter 5 The Gears of Justice -- Chapter 6 Rough Draft -- III: One Thousand And One -- Chapter 7 Posthoc7 -- Chapter 8 Fathers and Sons -- Chapter 9 Open Hours -- Epilogue -- Translations and Notes -- Acknowledgments.
"In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, a scholar and writer uses Dante's Divine Comedy to shepherd him through the dark wood of grief and mourning--a rich and emotionally resonant memoir of suffering, hope, love, and the power of literature to inspire and heal the most devastating loss.Where do we turn when we lose everything? Joseph Luzzi found the answer in the opening of The Divine Comedy: "In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood. "When Luzzi's pregnant wife was in a car accident--and died forty-five minutes after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel--he finds himself a widower and first-time father at the same moment. While he grieves and cares for his infant daughter, miraculously delivered by caesarean before his wife passed, he turns to Dante's Divine Comedy for solace.In a Dark Wood tells the story of how Dante helps the author rebuild his life. He follows the structure of The Divine Comedy, recounting the Inferno of his grief, the Purgatory of healing and raising Isabel on his own, and then Paradise of the rediscovery of love.A Dante scholar, Luzzi has devoted his life to teaching and writing about the poet. But until he turned to the epic poem to learn how to resurrect his life, he didn't realize how much the poet has given back to him. A meditation on the influence of great art and its power to give us strength in our darkest moments, In a Dark Wood opens the door into the mysteries of Dante's epic poem. Beautifully written and flawlessly balanced, Luzzi's book is a hybrid of heart-rending memoir and critical insight into one of the greatest pieces of literature in all of history. In a Dark Wood draws us into man's descent into hell and back: it is Dante's journey, Joseph Luzzi's, and our very own"-- Provided by publisher.

Why God is a woman : poems

May 28, 2015
Andrews, Nin.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, Ltd., 2015.
96 pages ; 23 cm.


May 26, 2015
Pardlo, Gregory, author.
New York : Four Way Books, [2014]
75 pages ; 23 cm

Mr. West

May 26, 2015
Blake, Sarah (Poet), author.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2015]
108 pages ; 21 cm.

The state of the art : a chronicle of American poetry, 1988-2014

May 20, 2015
Lehman, David, 1948- author.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2015]
xxiii, 198 pages ; 25 cm.
1988 "like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo" -- 1989 in an unlit alcove where bookstore patrons fear to tread -- 1990 to inflame passions, disturb the complacent, and arouse the anxiety of despots -- 1991 a poem entitled "Cigarettes" by a poet named Ash -- 1992 The question of poetry and its audience -- 1993 the gust of fresh air that turned into the blizzard of '93 -- 1994 It's safe to say that the inaugural was the best-attended poetry reading of the decade -- 1995 At least somebody played ball in 1994 -- 1996 a given volume in this series might hang question marks over all three terms in the title -- 1997 As a gimmick, if that's what it is, National Poetry Month worked -- The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-1997 (1998) The debate is joined -- 1998 The president spoke of having had to memorize 100 lines of Macbeth -- 1999 "Whitman rocks" -- 2000 "Now I know how poems feel" -- 2001 "Everybody else was analog and Nietzsche was digital" -- 2002 The day now marks a boundary -- 2003 "How many people have to die before you can become president?" -- 2004 canons do not remain fixed for long -- 2005 the creative writing workshop (and) the fall of civilization -- 2006 Accessibility - as a term and, implicitly, as a value -- 2007 Undoubtedly the most parodied of all poems -- 2008 Who says that hot poems can't get you into trouble in 2008? -- 2009 "that is how I should talk if I could talk poetry" -- 2012 McChrystal sent copies of "The Second Coming" to his special operators -- 2011 in Dickinson's brain, "wider than the sky" -- 2012 the "uncanny" is a category too little invoked -- The Best of the Best American Poetry, 25th Anniversary Edition (2013) "Every time I read Pessoa I think" -- It was his poetry that kept him going -- In the antagonism between science and the humanities -- Index of names.
"This book collects all twenty-nine forewords from The Best American Poetry series. Beginning with a new introduction by David Lehman and a foreword by poet Denise Duhamel (guest editor for The Best American Poetry 2013), the collection conveys a sense of American poetry in the making, year by year, over the course of a quarter of a century"-- Provided by publisher.

War of the foxes

May 20, 2015
Siken, Richard, 1967- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2015]
viii, 49 pages ; 23 cm
"Lannan literary selection"
"His territory is [where] passion and eloquence collide and fuse.'-The New York Times"Richard Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism with a cinematic brilliance and urgency."-Huffington PostRichard Siken's debut, Crush, won the Yale Younger Poets' Prize, sold over 20,000 copies, and earned him a devoted fan-base. In this much-anticipated second book, Richard Siken seeks definite answers to indefinite questions: what it means to be called to make-whether it is a self, love, war, or art-and what it means to answer that call. In poems equal parts contradiction and clarity, logic and dream, Siken tells the modern world an unforgettable fable about itself.The MuseumTwo lovers went to the museum and wandered the rooms. He saw a painting and stood in front of it for too long. It was a few minutes before she realized he had gotten stuck. He was stuck looking at a painting. She stood next to him, looking at his face and then the face in the painting. What do you see? she asked. I don't know, he said. He didn't know. She was disappointed, then bored. He was looking at a face and she was looking at her watch. This is where everything changed.Richard Siken works as a social worker, dealing primarily with developmentally disabled adults. He is a poet, painter, and co-founded and currently edits the magazine spork. He lives in Tucson, Arizona"-- Provided by publisher.

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